Run Free! - Ultra Caballo Blanco Newsletter July 2014
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I feel I belong here among the canyons, and among these beautiful people. ...I don't know, am just a two legged confused one. God, let me be clear. Let me be True." 

Saturday 2/10/1995 
- Micah True, Caballo Blanco

Buenas Tardes, familia Mas Locos!


We are proud to share the official press release for the upcoming film documentary project, produced and directed by Sterling Noren, along with the support of Executive Producer, Maria Walton.


"Run Free - The True Story of Caballo Blanco" is a feature length documentary about Micah True, an American ultra runner who was a main character in Christopher McDougall's best-selling book "Born to Run - A Hidden Tribe, Superathletes and the Greatest Race the World has Never Seen".


Micah True (aka Caballo Blanco - the White Horse) was an enigmatic visionary who lived and ran with the Tarahumara Indians in northern Mexico. Also known as the Running People, they are some of the best long distance runners in the world. True created a 50-mile foot race known as the Copper Canyon Ultra Marathon to honor their running traditions and aid in their sustainability. Each year hundreds of Tarahumara come to the small village of Urique to compete against some of the best runners in the world. All of the race finishers win 500 pounds of corn in addition to significant prize money for the top ten. Most of the international runners return their winnings to the Tarahumara who are experiencing draught-related famine.

The feature length documentary is directed by Sterling Noren, a filmmaker from Seattle, Washington who met Micah True in 2009. Most of the material for the film was recorded in the weeks leading up to the 2012 ultra marathon and includes interviews with the running legend and his interactions with the Tarahumara. Shortly after the race, Micah True disappeared in the Gila Wilderness of New Mexico. After four days of searching, his body was found and recovered. He died doing what he loved most - running.


"Micah's vision lives on and his legacy will be honored in this film,” said Noren.

The project is currently midway through a 40-day fundraising campaign on Kickstarter.com. The filmmakers need to raise $75,000 by the end of July if they are to succeed. Money that is raised will go to cover production expenses and marketing the film through film festivals around the world.

For more information please visit http://www.runfreemovie.com.

Support the "Run Free, The True Story of Caballo Blanco on Kickstarter" Today! by clicking HERE! 

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We are thrilled to share the news of the successful races that our Raramuri athletes have participated in abroad. Through the fundraising efforts of our friends worldwide, Race Director, Photographer, and Mas Loco, Luis Escobar, along with our friend, Caity McCardell, ten year Visas were granted to several Raramuri runners. Along with the freedom to travel independently, the athletes were compensated with appearance fees, and many heartfelt donations from fellow race participants, provided cash, clothing and running apparel for their families.


In May, the team from Porochi:  Miguel Lara, Isidro Quintero, and Horacio Estrada, managed by Mario Munoz, raced in the fourth annual, Born To Run Ultra Marathon in Los Olivos, California. Directed by El Coyote, Luis Escobar, the week's festivities included a cultural exchange of music,dancing, Rarajipare Bolla racing, and running the 50K, and 100K loop course.


Two weeks later, Team Porochi traveled to Westcliffe, Colorado to race in the second annual,  Hardscrabble 45K. Directed by Champion Burro Racer, Ultra Marathon athlete and Publisher, Hal Walter, activities included a Rarajipare race, and community cook out.


Meanwhile, the legendary Raramuri champions of Batopilas Canyons: Arnulfo Quimare, and Silvino Cubesare, accompanied by Host Salvador Holguin, traveled throughout the rugged canyons of Madrid and Barcelona, Spain to compete in the 154K Quixote challenge. Every Raramuri traveling throughout the U.S. and Spain were treated with great honor and respect.


The next foot race for the Raramuri, will be the Ultramaraton de Los Canones, July 18-20 in the Sinfarosa Canyon of Guachochi. The 63K and 100K course, is one of the mist challenging, yet beautiful race of the year. Returning Champion, Miguel Lara, vows to keep his reigning title. Approximately 20 athletes from Urique plan to participate, including 13 year old, female champion, Catalina Rascon.



 Through the fundraising efforts of the Non Profit, Norawas de Raramuri, donated funds were generated to restore the historical trail which Caballo and thousands of Raramuri families traverse upon, connecting all people to the gateway between Batopilas and Urique Canyons. Your donations provided employment to many Raramuri which were part of the original 2002 team of runners who raced in the first Copper Canyon Ultra Marathon. Prospero Torres, a devoted friend and first race sponsor and supporter of the vision and dreams of Caballo, continues to manage this trail. Prospero designed a beautiful, lasting memorial at the top hillside of his ranch at Los Alisos.


 As the Monsoon season continues, the summer months of La Sierra, are blessed with heavy rains. The rivers are flowing, forcefully. And, the forests, farmlands, and landscape throughout La Sierra, are lush and green. May and June, recorded extreme heat, rising as high as 124 degrees farenheight. The billowing pockets of clouds, radiate a heavenly glory, as the families of Las Barrancas literally enjoy the fruits of their harvests. Mango, Papaya, and Guava trees are abundant. Beans, coffee and corn, provide bountiful nutrition and sustainability to last throughout the summer and into the fall.

Under the leadership of Presidente Daniel Silva Figueroa, who is an avid supporter of education, sports, and arts, his administration now provides the children of Urique a Summer School of activities, which includes: Tournaments of Soccer, Basketball, along with lessons in arts and dance.


Director of Tourism, Cecy Villalobos is excited once again for the upcoming preparations for the race activities of the Ultra Maraton Caballo Blanco. "Everyone asks about this race. The spirit of Caballo Blanco, lives in the Hearts of all Uriquenes. Mas Locos, are our family. We can't wait to see the movie of Caballo's wonderful life. We are One!" Kuira Ba!

We are truly honored to share this journey with you, truly a race in which everyone wins! May our voices sing as one. May we dance with a message of hope, peace, harmony, and love, resonating within our passionate hearts. 

Kuira Ba! We are One!

Race Directors, Josue Stephens and Maria Walton

Amigos del Ultra Caballo Blanco

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